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Hazzard welcomes Human Rights Inquiry to Downpatrick

9 September, 2014 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard has welcomed the Human Rights Commission to Downpatrick today as they continue to investigate potential human rights abuses as a result of cuts to A&E services in the Down area and further afield. 

 Speaking from the Arts Centre in Downpatrick, Mr Hazzard said he was "delighted" that the Commission responded positively to his request earlier in the year to include Downpatrick in their series of public engagements. 

 Mr Hazzard said:

 "Following the unilateral decision from the South Eastern Trust last December to cut Emergency Services at the Downe, we have witnessed an incredible response from the local community who are understandably angered at such dangerous cuts to local health services. 

 "I am delighted that the Human Rights Commission have travelled to Downpatrick today to hear first hand the horrible and distressing experiences that our friends and families have endured as a result of the  mis-management of our health service. 

 Mr Hazzard added:

 "I am looking forward to reading the report which will result from this inquiry and indeed I would hope that the Health Minister Edwin Poots will respond constructively to the recommendations brought forward in the weeks ahead." 

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